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      24.09.2011 19:46
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      A fantastic way for children to experience the online world

      I am the first to admit that I love computer games. Role playing particularly and sometimes strategy types and occasionally puzzles etc. Until recently I'd never heard of Neopets but had noticed the Neopet gift cards you can purchase in places like WHSmiths. I had wondered what it was but never remembered long enough to search online. I read a review recently where it was mentioned so I went to the site to check it out for myself.

      Neopets is a webiste hosted by Nickelodeon and is a virtual world inhabitted by virtual magical animal type characters. It's a great way of humouring your imagination as you can literally customise everything of your own in this world. From your character/pet's appearance and name to it's home! It has endless possibilities!

      The first thing you do when you join Neopets is to begin working on your own 'avatar'. There are lots of templates to choose from and all are mythical creatures/animal types so no people based characters which I think makes it brilliant for children. It seems a little less threatening to their online safetly in my opinion. The character you pick needs to be named and have it's characteristics/personality set which gives you lots of freedom to decide what type of animal yours will be. Whether it's strong and bullish or sweet and shy it's great to be able to dictate this and again I like being able to give children the opportunity to express themselves by choosing this.

      Not only can you customise your character animal but you can also choose their home! There are many destinations to choose from where they can live from woodlands to cities or under the sea! And each of these places has a type of house to choose for your neopet! Their are pirate ship themed house and palaces for princesses-it's great and gives you the freedom to decorate and furnish it inside as you wish! This is a very popular part of online gaming, especially for children and teens!

      When you join at the moment you instantly get 2,500 Neo-points. This is a type of currency for the whole site. Neopoints are what you use to purchase food, furniture, toys, clothing etc for your Neopet so it's great that you are given a good amount to begin with. Most things cost between 50 and 150 Neopoints so it's not like one 'purchase' will use all your points right away either like some games. The idea is thta you can play hundreads of games on the site to gain more Neopoints. There is a whole area dedicated to these games and you can choose from all sorts-strategy, card games, action games etc and if you win you get more Neopoints which means you've always got currency to buy things. This is one of the main elements of the Neopets website-the games. It's the part that means you've always got something to do when you log on. You don't just look after your Neopet but you get to play games too and they are quite good for all ages and go up inlevels so they aren't too simple for adults to use which is good as an all rounder. The games section is accessed from the top pannle of buttons and takes you directly to the games room to choose your game genre and then exact game.

      When you have won some Neopoints the place to redeem them is under the 'shops' tab. This takes you to another part of Neo-world. There is the general store, the book store, the bank, the pet shop, the art centre and much more. Each shop offers different types of items you can buy for your Neopet with the Neopoints. Obviously you need to buy food to keep your pet fed but another main idea is their clothing. You can dress them by theme-woodland fairy, monster, dancer, ice-skater etc and you can buy everything to make their outfit from wigs, wings, dresses, tights and armour shields! The shops come with great features for items like clothing-the ability to try them on your pet before you purchase them and use your well played for Neopoints. That way you can see if the particular item suits your Neopet before making a buying decesion! You can find even more shops and places to buy things at the Neopian Plaza and the Neopian Bazaar!

      The Neocash mall is however the best places to buy the best items. As expected when I joined the site I knew there would be a money making catch somewhere! This is it. The Neocash Mall has the best items, the most detailed ones and the ones that makes kids eyes see pound signs straight away. The choice is more vast than other Neo shops and of course your well played for Neopoints are worthless here-the currency that works is Neocash and this is what is bought with those gift card's I've seen in 'real' shops. You can also use paypal to buy Neocash and 500 Neocash will cost about £5 a time. To put that in context most items here cost 150 Neocash so that means your only likely to get three things in the shop before you can't buy anymore unless you spend more. Furniture and bigger items can cost a lot more than 150 Necash though. I expected this site wouldn't be all singing and dancing for free but considering this site is aimed at children and teenagers I don't like it's high 'exchange' rate. I think the value should be more affordable and provide more points because as it is the points don't go far. Children will be using this site to have the best avatar of all their friends and that means spending money and no-child wants to be the one with the most simple of their friends so prepare to be nagged for gift cards if your child becomes a user!

      There is also an area called Pet Central where you can enter competitions, reda facts about the stories behind Neopets, visit the pound, read statistics on the various inhabitants of the Neopet world. Another part of the website is the Neopia Central which gives you the opportunity to take your Neopet travelling through their virtual world. Visit different terratories, play different games, buy different items etc-each area is themed and adds another dimension to the site. You can often find items you can't get elsewhere in this section.

      Overall I think this site is fabulous for children and young adults and I can see it would become quite addictive and now realise their is a whole craze behind this! I have no doubts that the younger members of my family would love this website and I'm sure as my son grows he will too. As a parent I feel quite happy to let my child access and frequently use this site. Their are parental controls that can be placed in order to give you full access to what your child does or has been doin and this provides a great peace of mind as the internet gets a lot of justifiable bad press when it comes to children. The games aren't particulalry educational but will enable your child to use their brain and I think the whole idea is a very cute and harmless one. Giving your child the opportunity to inhabit a world with no inhabitions is a very simple, effective and fun way to spend time on the computer.

      For an adult I also think the website is good. I know a lot of adults rave about this website just as much as children. Being a lover of computer games it's so-so. It's got a whole range of things to do so you wouldn't get bored, but it's not particularly challenging. I am a member now and would say I will continue to use the site in the next few days if I have spare time, but after that once the novelty has worn off, I'm not so sure what my useage would be.

      Overall fantastic for children-one of the best online games I've come across so 4 and a half stars for children and three stars for adults. But beware young or old this game has elemnets that will be addictive for all ages!

      To join for free and redeem your 2,500 free Neopoints visit the website www. neopets.com and give it a go for free!

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        17.05.2011 10:41
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        Great Gamesite to pass the time,

        Introduction~~~~~
        Neopets was started back in November 1999 by Adam Powell and Donna Williams and was mainly aimed at college students between 17-21, it was something a bit different and I started playing back in 2001 when I was 12 years old and I've been addicted ever since. Viacom took Neopets over in June 2005 and made a number of changes to some peoples opinions for the worst.

        Pros~~~~~
        As a player of almost 10 years I do enjoy it even though I was less than happy when Viacom took it over and introduced neocash. There are lots of things to do and you have a number of "worlds" to explore such as Mystery Island and Shenkuu. My favourite part of the site is the plots they run that normally last a couple of months. The main one coming up at the moment is the Altador cup which is a bit like a mini "world cup". The games to play are of high quality and you can earn neopoints that you can use to buy a number of things on the site such as paintbrushes to paint your pet or codestones to train them. You can also dress up your pets as well.

        Cons~~~~~
        The introduction of neocash which personally I think it's just Viacoms of making more money and also that they have extremely toned it down and aimed it more at young children instead of older people it was originally for. The rules on the site are quite strict and do not tolerate anything.
        If your account is hacked into and your points and items stolen don't expect much help from the technical team as they will not help and may end up freezing your own account.

        The Final Word~~~~~
        Although there are a lot of cons to neopets it is still a favourite site of mine and I would continue to play for the next 10 years as it's very addictive.

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          19.08.2010 17:37
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          Virtual Pet Fun!

          *also on ciao under username kayleaf*

          As you may (or may not) know I quite enjoy my games be it online, offline, console or board games, I find them entertaining and in some of the online cases a nice way to chat and make a few friends. Mostly I stick to RPG types or simulators but one particular website I've enjoyed for a good few years is Neopets. I think I first heard of the website when I was in Year Seven at school and I've lost and retrieved many an account as it's always been one I've gone back to! When I lost my job and whilst I was looking for work I signed up again to occupy some of my time during the day. I've now been a member again for 17 months and recently I've enjoyed messing around on the games and gaining daily prizes as well as looking after my cute like Acara pet Chloeleaf.
          Neopets - A Little History

          Neopets began its online browser gaming takeover way back in 1997 and was launched onto the world wide web in November 1999. Since then it's grown, updated and is available in a choice of languages. The website provides a way for gamers to keep and look after a virtual pet of their choice by playing games with it, reading it books, getting it jobs, feeding it and creating a home for it. There is so much you can do on neopets other than just caring for your pet - there are games, shops, a bank for you to keep your neopoints in safely - the currency of Neopia, several worlds to explore, forums, guilds to join and chat to other neopians and all sorts of interesting things to collect. Neopets is safe and secure and a website for those of all ages however I believe under 13's or maybe under 16's may need parental permission to join - this was the case way back when, although I am well over 16 now so I can't completely remember...

          The Neopets

          After signing up players are given the chance to create their very first active neopet. This is the one that will appear on your sidebar and I believe you can have up to four per account. The first thing you need to do is choose the breed of pet you would like. Sometimes Neopets offers a chance for players to have a limited edition pet, although this is quite rare but something to keep an eye out for. Pets can include a Uni - a unicorn style pet, very cute and girly, a Usul - a bunny rabbit look a like, and Elephante or even a cute little Bruce penguin. There is a huge range of pets to choose from as well as there being an adoption agency where you can sometimes adopt some of the rare pets so you don't have to create all four. In fact I prefer to stick with one pet as I like to use the website for the games more than the pet care.
          You are then given a chance to name your neopet - make it original, neopets has hundreds of thousands of daily users and you may have to try a couple of attempts to get the name you want. All the simple names have probably already been used up! You can also choose your neopets habitat, gender and how they greet other neopets as well as their battledome statistics.
          After this you will be given several options including taking the chance to view a tutorial on how to use the site. You will start with £2,500 neopoints to spend in the neopia shops or on items for quests. You can also claim a newbie pack and a neocash item. Neopets is a free website but you can redeem codes and spend money on the neocash site if you want.

          Navigating Neopets

          Each page has the yellow bar on the top for you to navigate your way around the site. Clicking on the black Neopets logo on the very left will take you to the homepage. The homepage has any news, new items, and the daily notable neohome and neopet. It also has a link to the latest games and the last months competition winners. A good place to start for information.
          My Account

          Here you will be able to update and maintain your personal details as well as your pets. You can edit your petpage with html - a lot of users use this page to create a guild webbie or portal page. You can also add your neofriends via this page and manage your neocash account if you have one.

          Customize

          The customize section of the site allows you to customize your neopet with any neocash items you have bought or obtained through the site. It also has a link to your inventory where you can hold up to 50 items. Beware though, these items can be stolen by ghosts and donated to the money tree if you don't store them in your safety deposit box which can hold many, many more items. I think if you have at least 1,000 unique items in your safety deposit box at any one time you can get an avatar for use on the forums. Things that are wearable can be stored in your neopets closet for dressing up and furniture for your neohome can be stored in your storage shed.
          I personally use this to link up to my inventory most rather than customizing my pet. As a player you can open up a shop to sell for any rare or junk items you get, sell them and get those extra neopoints for buying better, rarer items. My advice though would be to save those rare items and then put them all in your shop at once to get the most money, as people will browse.

          Games

          Neopets have several fun and interactive games to play and earn neopoints and tropheys. They are catogorised into action, adventure, brain busters, card and board, classics, luck and chance, multiplayer, NC mall, puzzles and sports. I've got a few favourites including Kookia, Meerca Chase 2, Snow Wars 2, Extreme Herder, Freaky Factory and Turmac Roll. Each of your scores for every game can be sent a maximum of 3 times and can get you a maximum of 1,000neopoints. There is also a daily crossword, daily quiz question and a featured game which can earn you double neopoints per sent score. The games are the easiest and fastest ways of building up your neopoints although some games do cost some to play. Each game is given a rating as to how hard it is, I believe green games are easy.
          Explore

          This is another one you'll probably use a fair few times as it gives you the links to all the different and unique worlds within Neopia. The worlds you can visit are
          * Altador
          * Brightvale
          * Faerieland
          * Haunted Woods
          * Kiko Lake
          * Krawk Island
          * Kreludor
          * Lutari Island
          * Maraqua
          * Meridell
          * Moltara
          * Mystery Island
          * Neopia Central
          * Roo Island
          * Terror Mountain
          * Shenkuu
          * The Lost Desert
          * Tyrannia
          * Space Station
          Each of these worlds has a variety of different activities to do on a daily basis which can lead to you winning rare items, neopoints and completing quests.

          I think Faerieland and Terror Mountain are the two places I visit most, mostly to keep checking to see if that Snowager is asleep and for the Job Agency. They also look the prettiest.

          News

          This bar contains all the latest and upcoming information on Neopets. It also has a link to the daily Neopets Newspaper.
          Pet Central

          Here you can find the daily quiz question, links to how to draw and information on the other pets in Neopia as well as editing your pet page.


          Boards

          Here are the forums where you can modify your preferences, find friends and a guild to join. Also handy if you're on a quest and need help searching for an item as you can't use the shop wizard when on a faerie quest!
          Shop

          Here are links to the shops in Neopia, the bank where you can safely store your neopoints and gain a daily interest and locate the shop wizard - very helpful when on a job as you can quickly locate the item although not always for a cheap price!


          What Else Can I do?

          As Neopets is a gaming site there are certain things you can do on a daily basis that help increase your gaming experience, these include visits to the Snowager who is awake for most of the day but asleep for a few hours. Here you can sneak in and steal something from the pile of treasure he's sleeping on and these can include some lovely rare items. You can also take a spin on the fruit machine and the tombola for free, visit coltzan's shrine for a chance to level up your pet, visit the petpet corner to look in the toy chest and get a random item and deposit a scarab for a chance to win items or neopoints although you might get sick in the process!

          Some of the lands have a wheel of fortune type game where you can spin the wheel for a price and win some great stuff. The Wheel of Knowledge can get you a Brightvale Job Coupon - a way to earn a massive amount of neopoints whilst completing jobs in the Job Agency located in Faerieland or you could win a cheat for a game. The Wheel of Monotomy can spin for a minimum time of a few seconds up to 24 hours, it doesn't cost much and you can win some rare items such as paintbrushes. The Wheel of Excitement has a jackpot prize of 25,000neopoints and can be spun every 2 hours. Decemeber is a great time to visit Terror Mountain as you can get a daily prize for free from the Advent Calander.
          Quests

          There are several quests you can complete each day. A maximum of 10 quests can be completed for the snow faerie and kitchen quests, you can visit Illusen in her glade for a quest every 12 hours or Jhudora, again every 12 hours, for something similar however they don't like it when you visit the other faerie as they're not on the best terms with each other. Also, as a random event you may be given the chance to complete a faerie quest - these are rare events and can get some great advancements on your pets, the space faerie, for example will raise your pet's level by four! Great when it comes to fighting in the battledome.

          Job Agency

          Each player can complete a maximum of five jobs per day. These are located in the faerieland job agency and give you the chance to make a profit through buying and selling. The page refreshes every ten minutes but the jobs go very quickly and sometimes the reward isn't as great as the price you pay for the items. However, getting a job coupon, very expensive, allows you to complete several super jobs until the coupon runs out and gives you a much higher payout. I think I've seen some rewarding 90,000neopoints.
          Trading Post

          If you're looking for a particular item you could always try the trading post although users often ask for lots of neopoints in exchange for their items. Handy when completing a faerie quest but transactions are not always quick.

          Guilds

          A place to chat and make friends, guilds often give good advice to newbies in Neopia and a place of friendly chat, contests and competitions for more experienced users. You could even create your own guild - great if you have a creative flare and want to show that off in html. If you're looking for a guild it's best to advertise yourself in the forums where people can offer you invitations to guilds that have already been created.
          Anything Else?

          Neopets is a free gaming website suitable for a variety of age groups and can keep you procrastinating for as long as you want! I love it because of the games mostly, and it's a cute way of keeping a virtual pet rather than those tamagotchi's, mainly because Neopets don't die! There's so much to do with your pet and around the site, it just makes me wish the neopoints I was earning were real money - I'd be a millionaire by now!

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          18.04.2010 05:03
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          A good website but not one to my personal likes otherwise could have been a higher score

          Neopets.com is the huge hit in America that has gradually been building up a fan base within the UK and now has its name on display in Sainsburys stores through its Neocash cards but what is it all about?

          First of all let me say my wife is a huge fan of this website and she got me to try it but unfortunately it wasn't for me.

          The website is a site which offers users the chance to play games in order to earn neopoints which can then be used to purchase neopets (these are simply pictures online of cuddly toys) or other neo items like furniture or foods.
          The aim of the game is to have your own store where you can sell these items and make more money, enabling you to get better items for yourself like a gallery of neopets or neo items, a neo home, a bigger shop, etc.

          The game is well put together and very professional and I can see why it is popular but for me it is not enjoyable enough however do think it has something different about it from other sites. With good forums and communication channels already in place and further game developments always going on this is a website with continued improvements being made so whilst not for me it maybe one to give a try.

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            20.02.2010 10:55
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            fun for all

            Neopets.com

            I first came across this site over five years ago after being sent a link by one of my children who had joined and wanted me to take a look at the site. So, I joined and was able to create a neopet of my own.
            To join you have to create a username and password, agree to the terms and conditions and enter your name, date of birth and country your in as well as your email address and your in.
            Your account is credited with 1000 NP which you can spend in the Neoshops.
            You then choose a colour for your pet, mine is blue , then you can choose a name for your neopet, choose where it lives, river, mountains, sea, town, city or jungle. Then choose its stats which are strengths, defences and movement and then you choose how it greets other neopets by it being friendly, aggressive, running away or smiling at them.
            Once this is done you are ready to play the game and look after your neopet.

            You can watch a tutorial on how to play the game, but I always find the best way to get used to a new site is to browse it yourself and explore all the pages available to see.
            The site is very quick at loading each page and the design is up to date and eye catching, with lots of colourful pictures you can click on to take you to other places of interest.
            There is so much to do on this site that any child will have hours of entertainment and safely be able to play the games alone without you worrying about what they are looking at online.
            This is a very child friendly site but adults are welcome too.

            You will be sent an activation code to the email address you have registered with and once you have activated your account, you can then begin to earn neopoints NP. With these you can play games to earn more, shop at the bazaar, shop at the auction, buy food for your neopet, buy clothes and toys as well as grooming items and lots more.
            You really do need time to play this game as it is very time consuming and my neopet unfortunately expired a while ago, my daughters however is thriving well and has lots of neopets as friends.
            She enjoys playing the game and over the years has had lots of fun on here where I know she can play safely, without worrying whom she is online with.
            For a young children's site it is excellent but like I said parents can join in to, children love the games that you can play on here, there is action, cards, puzzles and lots more. You can buy things for your neopet from paypal but you really don't need to, the game plays quite well for free.
            If your child is bored then check this out with them for ages from five upwards it will entertain them for hours and hours.

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              05.10.2009 15:40
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              Worth getting an account, fun times.

              Are you looking for free online games to play to whittle away the idle hours?
              Or are you looking for a virtual pet to look after online, to get points for to feed and groom and to spoil?

              Well I'll tell you how I began on Neopets.
              At the tender age of 13 I was extremely bored and decided to create a Neopets account to compensate for not being allowed my own pet Kitten.
              At first I enjoyed building my virtual pet's house up, buying my pet a pet, and generally making my Neopets life and lovely as possible.

              You register an account, create your username and your Neopet's name, and live life with them happily ever after, you choose what they look like and their statistics (Strength, defence, speed, etc), their personality (Friendly? Grumpy?) and live happily ever after.

              Another part to the vast Neopets website is the games section, hundreds upon hundreds of Neopoints can be earned by playing the really entertaining games.
              There are loads of different game catagories to choose from and even if you're not interested in your neopet or earning the points, the games alone are enough to keep your Neopets account active.

              At the age of 19, when I become bored, I find myself slipping back onto Neopets.com to play some of the really entertaining games.

              I'd say, get an account, give it a go, it is free.

              Try out some of the games if not interested in the Neopets, or points.

              I'd warn though, the games or the Neopets, can become very addictive!

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              A brilliant site to lose hours of your day to! Beware!

              neopets.com is a huge site full of games and things to do for kids and big kids alike!

              According to the website, I joined Neopets 5 years ago, when I was 20 (which just goes to show you don't have to be a child to get hooked on the site). I've recently gone back to playing it daily after a couple of years of not touching it, and it seems to have me obsessed with it once again!

              The game centres around the pets that you create (your neopets). There are many different species to choose from, and you can set some basic stats (strength, defence etc) for your pet as well as name, gender, and one of the four basic colours (blue, red, yellow and green). You are allowed up to four pets in your main account. You are also allowed to have more than one account, but you MUST only use your main for playing games or earning money (the currency is the Neopoint).

              There are many different worlds for you and your pets to explore, with lots to do in each one. You can take a trip into space, go to the desert, frolic with faeries or be spooked out by ghosts. There are a number of different ways for you to earn neopoints in each place. You can play games, submitting your score from each game up to 3 times a day, you can buy scratchcards and try your luck at many random fun places.

              Your pets can get hungry, down or sick, so you must keep them taken care of. There are lots of shops to buy food, clothes, toys, medicines, and things for your Neohome. You can train your pets and have them fight in the Battledome. Or you can set up your own shop and try to make points by selling at a profit.

              The Neoboards are great for help and advice. There is a separate avatar neoboard for those of us who collect secret avatars for use on the boards. These avatars can be gotten from simple clicks, or submitting high scoring game results, or spending millions of neopoints on an item, or a colour for your pet.

              As well as the four basic colours you can choose for free when you create your pet, there are lots of combinations of more elaborate colours you can paint each pet. Some of these you can get through earning points and buying paintbrushes, and some are available only by completing a fountain faerie quest (a random event of which there are many types that will happen occasionally while using the site) or by collecting all the pieces of the secret laboratory map and zapping your pet until you get a colour you want (the lab ray will also do other things to your pet).

              If neopets weren't enough, each of those can have a petpet. Yes, that's right, a pet of its own! And each of those petpets can have a petpetpet. These are usually little bugs, that might be randomly found on your petpet one day!

              There's so much to see and do on Neopets that this guide doesn't do it justice, you really have to see for yourself. But there's something for everyone, be it playing solitaire card games and earning points to make your pets intelligent, or training your pet to be an ultimate battledome fighter. I dare you to try it and not get hooked!

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                Great site for children, avoid NC Mall though!

                Neopets.com is a virtual site where players collect different objects, avatar images and different items for their virtual pets. The entire site reflects the vitual world of neopets.

                The basic naviagation and concept:
                The basic concept of the game is to look after your pets and achieve whatever your personal goal is - whether that is to have all you pets painted different colours, looking lovely or whether that is to have all the avatar possible in your collection. The users collect neopoints which allow them to buy different items, these neopoints can be gained mainly from playing different games, but can also be achieved by getting lucky on scratchcards (only available to older users) or by selling items or investing in shares.

                The site runs a variety of different 'plots' which make users choose to follow set puzzles and stages in order to gain plot points - which are then used to redeem prizes.

                Site features:
                As well as the main neopoints system there is now a NC mall, which you can spend money (as in real life money) on buying fictional clothing for your pets. To me this is a bit pointless, but if it makes the people playing it happy and helps make it a buissness - does it matter? There is also various site shops, as well as user shops, and site games in which neopoints can be gained. There is a bank to store your neopoints you gain, with different interest levels too. You can also design a neohome, which is a place in where your neopets can live. The site also has boards where users can communicate with each other, yet these are patrolled by moniters and cannot be accessed by people under the age of 13 without written consent.

                My opinion:
                Although this is a clever set up and a complex one at that, I think it works really well and is amazing that it still functions relatively well, after being established aroung 10 years ago. The site is clearly aimed at 11-14 year olds with not alot more to do. I think that the NC mall idea is a way simply for the company to earn more money, however it is optional, yet some children might not see it like that.

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                  Very fun site but make sure you have a lot of time for it as it can get very addictive

                  I heard about this site through a friend, i had a lot of time on my hands and so i thought i would check it out. It's basically a virtual environment whereby you live through your neopets. It's completely free and easy to register. You can choose from a range of cute and weird pets to own and they become yours to look after. You earn neo points by playing games, taking part in competitions or you can go to the money tree whereby if you're quick you can get free points and free stuff. There are hundreds of games and they fall into different categories: puzzles, action, luck or chance etc. Some games are easier than others and you can only get points three times a day from each game. You can then use your points to buy stuff for your neopets. You can buy a wide range of food, clothes, toys, houses, pretty much everything you can get in the real world you can get on here but they are altered to fit in with the theme of the neo pets so everything is kinda weird looking. You can also explore the neopia (the neopets' world) and explore the islands where you can get free stuff, play games and just explore really. There is so much on this website you really need to check it out to get to do it justice. The creators are exceptionally talented and have a very vivd imagination. There are millions of members online and you can befriend them and exchange items. You can also train your neopets for battle and win fighting titles. You can get your own shop and sell you items to other people. The best thing on this site is that when you buy items you can haggle so you can try and get the best price.

                  But like life there are ups and downs. Your neopets can get ill and you have to try and treat them. This isn't always easy especially if you don't have many points. So treatments are really rare and are very expensive. This site isn't just for kids, i think adults would probably enjoy it more as they will take advantage of everything the site has to offer and not just play the games (as fun as they are). Like all virtual gaming sites this can get extremely addictive it's basically living a virtual world which is easier than the actual world. You can do things you may not necessarily be able to do in the real life so it'd really easy to get hooked.

                  Each neopet has it's own profile which informs you of it's hunger, it's interests, it's intelligence, it's fighting ability. All of which can be improved through training. So this really is more than just a pet it's more like having a virtual child.

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                  22.05.2009 17:33
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                  Great games keeps your kids quiet for hours

                  Neopets.com is a gaming website based online which was launched in 1999. In the game the player cares for their Neopets looking after them and just having fun playing games which are very addictive.

                  Unlike some other websites Neopets rewards you generously for how much you play as well as not charging you for anything as it should be on a game for kids and teens and both boys and girls which is good as it is not just for either. One thing I love about this game for kids is that it has absolutely nothing which is inappropriate for children which is amazing.

                  It is very easy to join up and very little information is needed which is good as you do not want you children posting a lot of information about themselves online. Children under 13 will need parental consent for certain aspects of the site which is good as again you do not want your children posting private information online. After creating your account you start by creating your very own Neopet, choosing from over 30 different species and then selecting what colour and gender you want them to be as well as deciding their stats.

                  You can earn neopoints the currency on Neopets in various ways the best way by playing games however you can also try buying and selling items, trying your luck on the lottery, smart investments and by interest from the bank. The money can be used to buy clothes, food, a home, furniture and collectables such as a stamp collection.

                  Neopets is set in the world of Neopia which you can explore with different places to explore such as Meridell and Faerieland were there are lots of games and activities. Plus there are also quests you can do for the Faeires in Faerieland.

                  Neopians can create their own homes for their Neopets and purchase furniture to decorate their home. This is so much fun as how many children don't want to be an interior design I think its one of the dream jobs at the minute with all the shows based around this career.

                  The reason I played the game was the games as they are so addictive. My favourite games are Faerie bubbles and Keyquest. If you come within the top 17 you receive a trophy and also neopoints for as long as you are on top. The top 3 receive a gold trophy and 750 neopoints every night, the next 5 receive a silver trophy and 500 neopoints every night and the next 9 receive a bronze trophy and 250 neopoints every night.

                  You can socialise with other Neopians by making neofriends who are other players in the game. You can find people with similar interests to you who you can talk about games with and maybe even join each other guilds.

                  The main shops in Neopets are run by actual Neopian residents and then there are shops which are run by the players were they put there unwanted items. This gives children a great insight into the world of business as people won't buy your items if they are too high in price. The main shops which are run by the Neopians have a haggling aspect however if you try to haggle to low or to much they will tell you to get out of their shop.

                  Most of the Neopets are so cute unfortunately some of them are very ugly which I suppose is good for boys. It's just like looking after a real life pet and gives children the chance to look after something especially for children like I was who parents won't let them have a pet as they mess everywhere. You can have up to 4 Neopets which can be hard at the beginning as you do not have enough money to feed them and keep them entertained. If you do not feed your Neopets and keep them happy by playing games with them, giving them toys and feeding them they become sad and you can actually see it in there face and it makes you understand you have to look after them. Luckily though if you don't go on for a while your Neopets will get very upset and very hungry but they will not die which is good as it will be sad to explain to your children about the death.

                  This website is so much fun I got into it when I was about 12 and started playing it every night and then as I grew up I started babysitting my cousin I got him into it and he is currently saving up to get a full stamp collection. It's good fun for children and teaches them the value of earning something and then having to use it to pay for food and clothes and that everything is just given to you on a plate.

                  The games on this site are fantastic and fun, and the community is safe for children to use. However you must make sure you have an up to date system with the latest flash especially or you will get you children coming and crying because the games they want to play won't work.

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                    11.05.2009 19:02
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                    Great addictive fun

                    Neopets.com is a great site for kids and adults alike who want a bit of fun. You start off by creating your own neopet, choosing from over 30 different species, then selecting what colour and gender you want them...

                    Then you are off! You need to earn currency called neopoints by playing games, selling items, winning the lottery and other ways.. Then you can use the money to buy clothes, food, a home, furniture and all that for your pet! You can also battle other pets in the battledome, send items to friends, play multiplayer games and so on.

                    There are lots of places to explore such as Tyrannia and Faerieland, and you can partake in special quests to get rare items! They each have their special functions, some have specialised shops, others games, quests and so on.

                    The flash games on this site are fantastic and fun, and the community is safe for children to use. The pets are cute, and it provides hours and hours of online fun. I have been playing for around 6 years and it is still fun today!

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                      Great fun for most of the family.

                      neopets.com is a site predominantly aimed at young children and teenagers.

                      The aim of the site is to hold an account and become a member of Neopia, it is free to join and you will receive some neopoints and a few items for your new pet (once you create it).

                      It is very easy to join up, minimal information is required, children under 13 will need parental consent for certain aspects of the site, I believe when I was that age I got around this by just changing my age by a year or two so that I was old enough already to play all of the site.

                      You can earn neopoints by restocking your shop, buying and selling items, trading items, playing games and a host of other special events.

                      Points can then be saved in the bank or used to buy new toys, clothes, food etc for your neopet or to buy furniture and items for your neohome.

                      The site is quite good fun, even at the age of 20 I'll still enjoy the odd go on it! It's good fun for children and teaches them the value of earning something and then having to use it to pay for food and what not. The good thing as well is that if your child doesn't visit for a while their neopet won't die so it shouldn't bring on any unfortunate questions about death of pets etc.

                      It's great fun, quite educational too with word games and things like that. It can give your child hours of safe fun online. No e-mail address or anything like that are provided to other members of the site so there isn't much danger of your child being contacted by the wrong kind of people and there aren't any live chat rooms either so you don't have to worry about things not being monitored.

                      I would definitely recommend this site to young children it's an endless source of entertainment (sometimes even still for me at the age of 20!)

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                      29.03.2009 22:22
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                      Neopets.com is an Internet based video game website launched in 1999. In it, players engage themselves in the virtual world by selecting from a wide range of fantasy-based virtual pets and caring for their needs. It offers the player two distinct levels of membership in basic, which is free, or "Neopets Premium" which requires a $7.99 USD per month subscription fee. There are various system requirements for full compatibility but they are all browser related (Flash, Shockwave plug-ins) and are easily installed under most Microsoft Windows platforms.

                      Neopets is set in the fictional world of "Neopia" where the user is allowed to freely explore and complete various games and tasks of personal preference. These can include equipping the virtual pet for battle with other players, playing various mini-games or completing assigned quests by a team of "faeries". In order to progress further within Neopets, the player must accumulate "Neopoints"; the in-world currency of this title. Neopoints are exchanged for various products and services in order to keep the player's pet in a healthy condition. Acquiring Neopoints is through a simple process of in-world participation. Most Neopoints are granted through successfully playing the numerous mini-games but it is also possible to vend or trade game items in exchange for Neopoints.

                      The target age group for Neopets is clearly younger children as there are numerous ad-sponsored areas of play, an example being "The Cookie Crisp Ski Jump" mini-game. Admittedly, I was a younger child when I first discovered Neopets but quickly outgrew it due to its younger age appeal. It was more a game my friends and I competed within and was treated as somewhat of a "fad".

                      I recently logged back into Neopets.com after registering a new account to check on its development over my years of absence. It seems that the site has made tremendous progression in recent memory. The selection of mini games appears to be relatively the same, containing the same "classics" that I once knew, but there seems to have been a shift on to a neglected feature known as the "NeoHome". As the name implies, this is an area devoted to one's Neopet to call its home. The feature was formerly a top-down view on various squares wherein the player could select furniture items to be placed in. At the time this feature required a strong sense of imagination as one could not see the articles of furniture placed into the home. Now, it appears that this is no longer required as all items within the home and its surrounding areas are visible and can be arranged by the user at will.

                      Neopets.com is clearly intended for children and it would be unsuitable to recommend this website as any age group besides children. It is a highly moderated area and could possibly be suitable for unattended use by minors, though as with any other website the child should be instructed and taught safe internet practices. An adult user would not likely find enjoyment in this title.

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                        Play with your virtual pets online, feed them, play with them and shower them in gifts!

                        I remember being really into this site back when I was a great deal younger, it was a real time waster but very enjoyable. I remember playing with my Neopet on a regular basis, and playing games to build up the points. Points then can be traded in to spoil your Neopet with gifts.

                        However when I now look back, there's not really much point to the whole thing, though I guess this can be said about many games online... all they are is for a bit of fun, and that's exactly what this site falls into. The only problem is it can get very addictive, and becomes like a game you buy in the shop with many levels and endless playing possibilities. You'll get very tied into this site and feel like your Neopet is a real pet that needs constant love and attention!

                        On the other hand, why not have a virtual pet rather than a real one? It raises the argument of whether having a virtual pet is better than the real thing, whether one is more socially acceptable than the other, and which needs the most care and attention... it's easy to switch off your computer and say goodbye to your Neopet for the night, this can't be done in reality!

                        Personally, I think it's bad that we are becoming a society glued to our computer screens, but if you can limit your time on this site then go for it. It's worth those few hours of fun instead of a lifetime with a nagging puppy.

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                        Best for those lacking money and are bored out of their minds - particularly if they are young.

                        I came across neopets in 2002 at 14 years of age and it didn't take long for it to become my favourite website. Neopets has and still has several fun features. The premise of the game lies in the neopet which you create using a template of various imaginary breeds with different colours, strengths and even personality traits - you can then top this one off with your own unique name (I lovingly named mines Yolly_Stardust and Sharanis_the_Brave >_<). Once you have got your account you are now in charge of the care, growth and development of your pet. In a sense it's like having a tamagotchi with up to four virtual pets in your care. However, there is so much more to this website than what a mere tamagotchi can offer.
                        Each new member is given an introductory pack which provides them with basics and if they find that they are struggling with their preliminary provisions they can take their poor impoverished pets to the soup kitchen and get them fed for the time-being. Now that your neopet is fed you may then wish to participate in a wide range of activities that are on offer...

                        *~Explore~*

                        I would suggest that you take a little look around in the virtual world of Neopia. Through discovery of various lands you will find endless things to do. This game has endless features and it would be far to time-consuming and tedious to go into all of them. So I would generally recommend that one takes a look for themselves.

                        *~Socialise~*

                        If you wish you can socialise a bit and make your own neofriends via the boards, although I would advise that just like anything involving social networking, the Neoboards can antagonise you with the multitude of idiots and generally annoying people that you may come across. Despite this, you can easily find people with similar interests and may even wish to join a guild with people like you. The opportunities to socialise are numerous and you can even give and receive gifts. The ability to socialise with actual people from the real world and compete with them gives the website its edge.

                        *~Games~*

                        Ultimately the best thing about this website is the games. As a 20 year old student I barely have enough time to play on websites like neopets and, in all honesty, I have grown out of it to a significant degree (Dearest Yolly and Sharanis shall now perpetually starve in my absence). On the other hand, the games are a fantastic timewaster/boredom buster. Currently, I am addicted to the game 'Word Poker' and there's sure to be a game for you somewhere, if not several. I would thus say that even if you feel you are too old for neopets or wish to move on to other things in your life a neopets account could always be there for you to visit and revisit when you don't have much else to do or need a breather in life.

                        If you are interested in the other parts of the website beyond games, there is something addictive about collecting up neopoints and creating your own little virtual life on this website. If you are of a nature prone to addiction to online games I'd advise you to steer clear.

                        *~Cheap!~*

                        The best thing about neopets is that it's all free! This is particularly useful especially as its target market is generally young persons who generally do not have that much money.

                        I definitely recommend Neopets as a website if you are looking for time to fill in. It still generates a sense of nostalgia amongst myself and my friends growing up in the early 'noughties'. I once saw Neopets as one of the best things on the net and certainly many young people and, indeed, those who are young at heart, will perceive neopets as I once did.

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